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Inspiring the Next Generation: The Young Leaders Public Interest Seminar Series

Release Date: 
07/01/2011

A panel of five philanthropy leaders shared their career insights and personal stories at the first 2011 seminar of the Young Leaders Public Interest Seminar Series, offered by The Illinois Campaign for Political Reform, a Donors Forum Partner.

Charitable Giving Show Modest Rise in 2010 After Two Years of Declines

Release Date: 
06/21/2011

Giving USA Foundation and its research partner, the Center of Philanthropy at Indiana University, today announced that total charitable contributions from American individuals, corporations and foundations were an estimated $290.89 billion in 2010, up from a revised estimate of $280.30 billion for 2009. The 2010 estimate represents growth of 3.8 percent in current dollars and 2.1 percent in inflation-adjusted dollars.

It's All About Succession Planning: A Preview of Daring to Lead 2011

Release Date: 
05/27/2011

As a sector-switcher, I don’t represent the target audience for “Daring to Lead 2011,” a presentation offered by Donors Forum in May, but I found myself riveted by the presentations and panel discussion. What could have been dry statistics was transformed into a compelling, and at times humorous, presentation by Jeanne Bell, CEO of Compass Point.

Guest Post: A Round-Up of Coverage of The Council of Foundations' Conference, April 10-12

Release Date: 
04/14/2011

Since I wasn’t able to attend the Council on Foundations’ just-wrapped 2011 Annual Conference in Philadelphia, I kept up with the sessions by following the steady stream of blogs summarizing what was happening. It was a pretty good way to be part of the latest national discussions about philanthropy without actually getting on a plane to go there.

Guest Post + Link to a Free Webinar: What the Hewlett Foundation Learned About Communications Training for Grantees

Release Date: 
03/30/2011

The way Eric Brown, communications director for the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, tells it in a recent Communications Network webinar, it wasn't a sudden "Eureka moment" that sparked his desire to assess the effectiveness of the training programs his foundation had been offering for years to help grantees develop effective communications skills.

Check Out CTBA's Fiscal Symposium on March 25

Release Date: 
03/18/2011

Our partner, The Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, is holding a Fiscal Symposium, $7 billion in New Revenue, Now What Do We Do? on Friday, March 25 at the Union League Club of Chicago, 69 West Jackson Blvd. This annual event is a great opportunity for nonprofits and foundations to get the latest information on the budget and critical analysis of the economic outlook for the nonprofit sector

Highlights of the Trib’s Chicago Forward Event on Philanthropy

Release Date: 
03/16/2011

Donors Forum was part of an event sponsored by The Chicago Tribune on March 16. It was part of their new “Chicago Forward” series. Our President and CEO Valerie S. Lies opened the event with a video introduction providing an overview of Chicago-area philanthropy and nonprofits.

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